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This super simple, super summery sherbet made with fresh watermelon and basil is a light, refreshing treat that comes together in minutes with a can of sweetened condensed milk and a high powered blender.

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Watermelon and Basil, a summer love story

Take the juicy, sweet flavor of a perfectly ripe watermelon, add a little basil infused syrup and some sweetened condensed milk to the mix, and you’ve got a perfect summer bite- Watermelon Basil Sherbet.

The touch of herby sweetness the basil brings to the watermelon gives this sherbet a fresh, refreshing flavor to savor on a hot summer day.

watermelon basil sherbet

Making this sherbet is incredibly easy, and only rehires some minor prep, and some patience while the sherbet freezes to the proper temp for serving.

dishing out the sherbet

Making the sherbet

To make my Watermelon Basil Sherbet, you will need:

  • 5 cups frozen, seedless watermelon. Just cut it up into cubes, and freeze it for 2-4 hours in an even layer. This can be done in advance, and transferred to freezer-safe bags, or right before you’re ready to blend the sherbet.
  • 1 14 oz can of good ol’ sweetened condensed milk from the pantry.
  • The juice of 1 lime.
  • Some fresh chopped basil leaves.
  • 2 tbsp of my basil simple syrup. Bonus? You can also use this syrup to make my Watermelon Basil Mimosas!

To make the sherbet, you’ll add the ingredients to a high powered blender, and blend until smooth. Then transfer the mixture to a loaf pan or airtight container. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap or place the lid on, and freeze for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Scoop and serve as desired! 

sherbet

Serving suggestions

This sherbet is great as it is, or served in a nice waffle cone, or with a dollop of whipped cream.

frozen sherbet in bowls

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sherbet closeup

Watermelon Basil Sherbet

Prep Time10 mins
Freezing time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs
Course: Dessert
Keyword: basil, sherbet, watermelon

Equipment

  • high powered blender

Ingredients

  • 5 cups frozen seedless watermelon
  • 1 14 oz  can of sweetened condensed milk
  • the juice of 1 lime 
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp basil simple syrup*

Basil Simple Syrup*

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • Chop watermelon into small cubes and freeze for 2-4 hours in a single layer to avoid clumping. Once the watermelon is frozen, you can then transfer it to freezer bags until ready to use, or go right to step 2.
    2. Add frozen watermelon, sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, chopped basil and basil simple syrup to a blender. Blend until smooth, and transfer to a loaf pan or airtight container. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap or place lid on, and freeze for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Scoop and serve as desired!
    *Basil Simple syrup (makes about 1 cup):
    Bring sugar, water and basil leaves to a boil in a small saucepan. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.  Turn off the heat and allow to cool completely. Strain cooled syrup into a jar or airtight container and refrigerate. Lasts 2 weeks. 

*Notes/Substitutions:

The basil simple syrup recipes originates from my Watermelon Basil Mimosa recipe.

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